Brick, Stone, or Stucco: What to Consider When Building a Custom Home

Published March 5, 2024

Choosing the right exterior material for your custom-built home is about more than aesthetics. You should also take into consideration how it affects your home’s durability, maintenance requirements, initial build cost, and long-term energy efficiency. Brick, stone, and stucco are the top three most common exterior materials we see used for custom homes. Below are the considerations you should consider when choosing the right material for your new home. 

Aesthetic Appeal

The overall exterior aesthetic appeal of your home is incredibly important for improving your home’s curb appeal and for ensuring that your home reflects your unique style and preferences. 

Brick is a popular choice for homeowners because it’s available in a variety of colors and finishes and offers a timeless, classic look that won’t go out of style. 

Stone provides a natural, rustic, and sophisticated appearance for your home, and there are various types to choose from, such as limestone, granite, or slate, that each have their unique look and feel.

Stucco is known for offering a smooth finish that can be painted in any color and is most popular in Mediterranean, Southwestern, and Spanish-style homes.

Durability & Maintenance

Ideally, you are building a home that will stand the test of time, and choosing the right materials is key for longevity. 

Brick is highly durable and can last for centuries. It also requires minimal maintenance, but mortar joints might need occasional repointing.

Stone is extremely durable, often lasting as long as brick. It needs minimal maintenance, but grout lines can erode over time.

Stucco is less durable than brick or stone. Cracks can appear over time due to foundation settling or direct impact and regular inspections and repairs are needed.


When evaluating the cost of the materials used for your custom-built home, consider both the initial and long-term investment that you will need to make. 

Brick is generally moderate in price but can vary based on the type and finish of the brick.

Stone is typically the most expensive option, especially natural stone. Cultured stone (manufactured) is a less expensive alternative.

Stucco cost varies depending on the region and application technique. It’s generally more affordable than stone but might be comparable to or more than brick depending on the complexity and labor intensity of the installation job.

Insulation & Energy Efficiency

The ability of the materials you use to maintain heat in the winter and cool air in the summer should be factored into your cost analysis.

Brick provides decent insulation and thermal mass, and its thickness can help stabilize indoor temperatures.

Stone offers excellent thermal mass which can help in passive solar designs.

Stucco provides a level of insulation, especially when applied over insulation boards. It’s essential to ensure proper installation to prevent moisture problems.

Versatility & Customization

The level of customization that can be attained with every aspect of your custom home’s design will lend more individuality to your unique home. 

Brick is limited when it comes to color and size, but various patterns can be achieved through bricklaying.

Stone is available in a wide range of types, sizes, and colors and offers a lot of customization in terms of appearance.

Stucco is highly versatile in terms of color and texture and can be painted or given finishes like sand or lace textures.

Resale Value

Brick, stone, and stucco can all enhance a home’s resale value, but it often depends on regional preferences and trends.

In conclusion, the best choice for exterior materials for your custom-designed home will depend on your priorities, budget, design preferences, and local conditions. Always consult with a knowledgeable architect or builder to ensure the material you choose is suitable for your specific situation. At LaFollette Custom Home, we have 65 years of combined experience crafting modern luxury homes in the Brazos Valley area. Contact us today to experience our unparalleled quality and meticulous attention to detail.



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